Did you know that vacuuming should be a normal part of your routine for maintaining a healthy and clean home? Vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis prevents soil from settling deep into your carpet, can improve the air quality in your home, and can help your carpet stay cushy without getting matted down.
In this blog post, we’ll share with you some helpful tips about the best techniques for how to vacuum, and how to use the settings and attachments on your vacuum.
How to Vacuum Effectively
Don’t just quickly go over the carpet with your vacuum. Perform slow, back and forth motions in an overlapping pattern. However, don’t press down or make too many passes over the same area, rather. move slightly to the left of right about every four strokes.
Give special attention to hard to reach areas like corners and edges.
Follow a Top-Down cleaning method. This means dust blinds, furniture, and other surfaces first, then vacuum to avoid depositing dust on your carpets after you’ve cleaned them.
How Often Should I Vacuum?
We recommend that you should vacuum at least once a week with a CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label vacuum cleaner.
Vacuum once a day in high traffic areas where you spend most of your time.
Vacuum twice a week in medium traffic areas.
Vacuum weekly in light traffic areas, using attachments to vacuum corners and edges.
Caring for Your Vacuum
In order to get the best cleaning results, keep your vacuum well maintained. Here are a few tips:
- Keep the instructions for your specific vacuum and refer to them when needed.
- Make sure the vacuum hose and adjustments aren’t clogged.
- Avoid damaging your vacuuming by gripping the handle, not the hose, when cleaning.
- Clean out any hair, dust, and other particles from your vacuum brushes. Replace brushes when they become worn.
- Check your vacuum bag and empty or replace it when it’s about half to two-thirds full.
- Inspect your vacuum for bent metal or rough edges that can snag your carpet.
Know How To Use The Attachments
We recommend to be familiar with the attachments that come with your vacuum and what they should be used for.
- Crevice Tool – This is the thin, long attachment. Perfect for narrow areas and tough-to-reach corners.
- Dusting Brush – This attachment is ideal for surfaces that need a softer touch.
- Upholstery Nozzle – Perfect for vacuuming drapes, mattresses, and a variety of upholstered furniture.
- Radiator Brush – Great for vacuuming radiators and vents.
- All-Purpose Brush – Effective for vacuuming shelves and other flat surfaces.
Use Your Vacuum on the Appropriate Settings
Most vacuums on the market today have the option to adjust pile height. This will need to be adjusted depending on what surface you’re vacuuming. The adjustment knob is typically found near the front of the base of the vacuum.
The key is to make sure your vacuum makes contact with the carpet while still allowing adequate airflow. Not sure what is best? Here are some recommendations for how to set your pile height for different surfaces:
- For wool or wool blend, high pile, or soft carpeting, use your vacuum on a higher pile setting. This setting will skim the top of the carpet, allowing enough airflow for effective suction.
- For flat, commercial carpeting, use a lower pile setting. This helps the vacuum make good contact with the flooring while still allowing enough airflow for suction.
- If you’re vacuuming hardwood or other uncarpeted floors, put your vacuum on the bare floors setting. This setting uses suction only so your floors don’t get scratched by the powered brush. If your vacuum doesn’t have this setting, use it only on carpet and not on bare floors.
We hope you found this information both helpful and informative. Old Dominion Chem-Dry is your trusted partner for maintaining a clean and healthy home! Call or contact us today to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help eliminate allergens and bacteria from your carpet and upholstery!